Waupun receives $37 million for water infrastructure
WAUPUN — The city of Waupun will receive more than $37 million in federal funding for improvements to its water infrastructure, the office of U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin announced Tuesday.
The US Department of Agriculture is handing out over $51 million in rural development funds for Wisconsin communities for water projects.
Waupun is receiving almost three-fourths of the total money being doled out in Wisconsin. Further details about how Waupun will use the money were not immediately available Tuesday. Officials did not return messages or were not in the office when contacted.
Waupun will receive more than $27.6 million in loans and nearly $9.5 million in grants for water distribution and storm water drainage system improvements, including a new phosphorous removal system.
“Safe drinking water and reliable water infrastructure are priorities for every Wisconsin community and are essential to public health and the economic prosperity of our state. Too often, small rural communities lack the resources to solve our most pressing water challenges,” Baldwin, D-Madison, said in a statement. “I worked to secure these strong investments to make sure that our rural communities across Wisconsin have access to clean drinking water, and safe and improved water infrastructure.”
The USDA is providing the money through its Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program for rural communities to work on their water systems. Other communities that will receive funds include Reedsville, Tennyson, Albany, Blanchardville and Radisson.